Let’s face it, we all love a good backyard BBQ, the camaraderie that comes with it, and the food; maybe a little too much. It should be its own season in my opinion. Grillin’ season is here! Everyone always has that favorite side they look forward to and can never decide between a burger or a brat so we get both. Adding that on top of more than a few drinks, most people wake up or go to bed with some sort of regret. So, how do we enjoy our backyard BBQs without leaving like the discount double check guy?
Tip #1: Go for Lean Meats
Now I know everyone and their mother loves a good brat… ever try a chicken brat? They’re delicious, with less than half the fat of a normal brat! Try ground sirloin for burgers, pay attention to the fat content of the ground beef you’re buying. Grass fed is always a great option! Otherwise chicken in a good marinade is great as well!
Tip #2: Contribute a Side Dish
Attending someone else’s BBQ? Yay for friends! Offer to bring a side dish to pass that has lots of fresh veggies! A veggie pasta salad is a great option for a traditional pasta salad recipe. Add in equal parts of cooked pasta and fresh raw veggies with some vinegar and oil and boom!
Tip #3: Pay Attention to Portions
The most common and referenced portion sizes are as follows:
Protein: the size of your palm
Carbs: the size of your fist
Fat: the size of your thumb
And in my opinion…. eat all the veggies you want!
Tip #4: Be Mindful of Your Drinks
Try to stick to less calorically dense drinks. Margaritas in the blender and premade mixes can have as much as 50 grams of sugar per serving. Yikes! You want a lime with that cup of sugar? Go for a beer, vodka seltzer or a dry wine.
Tip #5: Prioritize Your Eating
We all have that one (or four) guilty pleasure dish that we look forward to having at a BBQ. Maybe it’s a big juicy burger on a pretzel bun? So make sure your sides are more on the veggie side of things to balance it out. Or if you just can’t stop thinking about Yvonne’s seven layer bars (they’re a thing folks) you should stick to a lean protein as dinner. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to have it and more importantly enjoy it. But, balance is key!
Happy BBQ season everyone!
Make today great,